Couple’s recipe for success
FOR many people, working with your spouse provides added advantages, while for others the consequences are dire.
Co-owning and operating Anchor Bar has only strengthened Josh Knutson and Leah McMillan’s relationship.
In somewhat fairytale fashion, the pair knew each other in their mother country New Zealand before crossing paths in Australia.
Now engaged and with their business turning one this weekend, the pair are reflecting on how they have made it this far.
“The positives outweigh the negatives and it is very fulfilling,” Ms McMillan (soon-to-be Mrs Knutson) said.
Mr Knutson said there was no magic formula to making it work – it’s just that Ms McMillan’s skills are compatible with his.
“We both have the comfort and satisfaction of knowing that the most important person in our lives supports us fully, both personally and professionally,” he said.
The couple recommends that spouses interested in starting a business together need to define their responsibilities.
“Take a ‘divide and conquer’ approach to your business and have a clear understanding of who is in charge of certain things,” Mr Knutson said.
They say it also helps to separate home and work issues.
“We are both passionate about what we do but it is important to separate our per- sonal and professional lives,” Ms McMillan said.
Finally, they couple stress that you shouldn’t make your work your entire life. They both agree it’s important to find a way to disconnect from your business and take time for your personal life together.
"It's good to have a business partner that has your interests at heart," Mr Knutson said.
REAL LOVE STORY: Running their own business is a breeze for Josh Knutson and Leah McMillan.